If you are not familiar with Stitch Fix, here’s the skinny: Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service. You can subscribe for regular Fixes or just schedule them as you like. You fill out an extensive online profile of your tastes, sizes, and budget preferences and for a $20 fee, one of their stylist puts together a box of 5 clothing and accessory items to ship right to your door! You have 3 days to try things on, solicit opinions, balance your budget, whatever — you send back anything that doesn’t work for you in a prepaid envelope, and keep whatever you love! Your $20 styling fee is applied to anything you decide to keep, and if you buy the whole box of items you get 25% off the entire box! Prices vary but they say the average cost per item is $55 – 65. If you haven’t ever tried it and are interested, please consider using my referral link. If you use my link to schedule a Fix, I get a $25 credit towards my next purchase! (Note that I do not receive any compensation for reviewing this service; I just enjoy doing it).
I was so worried about this Fix, y’all! Two things: 1) I peeked ahead (big surprise), and saw that three of the items in the box came in three different colors, and I had really strong feelings about the ONLY one I wanted to see when I opened that box for each of them, and 2) per yesterday’s post, I have not been feeling very confident in my dietless, mostly-workoutless body of the last few weeks. I hadn’t updated my style profile to reflect probably new sizing, and when I saw they were sending me skinny corduroys, I was…well, preparing myself to not be able to pull them on. It’s been challenging for me to accept that this service, which has filled me with such confidence, joy, and excitement for the better part of a year, might turn into the same kind of torture that used to be shopping in stores.
One note, too, about FedEx before I get to the schtuff. The suburban FedEx office that delivers my Fixes does not have the best reputation with me (I could have the city office deliver to my workplace, but then I’d have to both resist opening it at work and haul it home on the bus). Once the suburban driver said, ‘could not deliver, no one was home’…even though someone was home. Usually, if a Fix is due on a Wednesday, the box is in their hands by Monday, but they won’t deliver. I feel like most delivery services just want to get the stuff out of their hands as fast as possible, but this office, they cannot be bothered. So the one positive I can say about them is, if it’s due on Wednesday, you can expect it will be delivered on a Wednesday. Except, apparently, during the holidays. We were out of the house for two and a half hours on Saturday. My Fix was due Tuesday (today). Of course they tried to deliver it during that window. This was a stupid kind of frustration for me, the kind I have the most trouble letting go of because, like, I could have had ALL DAY SUNDAY to try things on, photograph them in daylight, etc. Instead, I got it yesterday (still early, yay), but had to wait for DH to get home from rehearsal at 11 to photograph it. It’s possible the photos will reflect the incredibly long Monday I had yesterday. 🙂
Deon Crystal Pave Ball Drop Earrings by Pixley ($28). Sorry for the weirdness of that collage, I just wanted to cover every nook and cranny of my chin that my iPad managed to capture, even though when I really WANT it to capture some kind of detail, it just can’t. Anyhoo. These are not my style. They’re too long, they make my head look a bit lopsided but SPARKLY! EEE! These will be perfect for New Year’s Eve, along with my Dita dress from last Fix. My friend Mimi noted, “can’t hurt to have something sparkly in the rotation,” which is spot on, like most of Mimi’s wisdom. Verdict: KEEP!
Lex Mini Chevron Knit Fit & Flare Dress by Pixley ($74). I wish we lived in a future where you could feel the weight and texture of this dress because it feels so good. I am a little bit put off by the higher waistline, because I am short-waisted myself and this accentuates that. I also wish I had taken a video to embed of me spinning because, duh, flare. This will be a great work-to-event dress through multiple seasons. Verdict: KEEP!
Freida Corduroy by Mavi ($68). These super soft, slightly stretchy cords come in three colors: burgundy, black, and this deep olive. I already have sort of wine-colored LOFT cords from last year, and don’t really need anymore casual black bottoms, so I had my fingers crossed for olive, and BOOM. Lauren noted in her message that she thought I might need to hem them a bit, but they are actually a pretty good length on me so I won’t have to. I’m not gonna pretend that these wouldn’t be a bit more comfortable with a little less “holiday weight” around my midsection, but, well, that’s a whole other thing. I’m just gonna wear them until I can’t. Cuz I luuuuuuuurve them. Verdict: KEEP!
Jordanne A-Line Skirt by 41Hawthorn ($68). Did you guys know they actually make skirts that aren’t pencil skirts? Crazy, right? I love this. It feels great, has a nice texture and flow and a big bold color. Again, this skirt currently comes in (at least) red, blue, and green. I really wanted red. And there it was. Merry Christmas to me! It is styled above according to Lauren’s recommendation in her note — I love that she referenced back to items from previous Fixes (the Daniel Rainn navy blouse [Fix #9] in the first picture and the Tart striped top [Fix #12] in the other two). Verdict: KEEP!
Kaylie Solid French Terry Blazer by Tart ($128). It’s very hard to get good detailed pictures of a black blazer, especially at 11:00 at night when everyone in the house really just wants to go to bed. Alas! I also paired this one with the Pixley dress but we did not get a flattering-enough photo to include here. 🙂 This cute fitted blazer is made of a softy, stretchy material and, other than its little shoulder pads, it’s completed unstructured, like a sweatshirt, almost. I had a little hesitation here, only because of the price, plus the unstructured nature…that just didn’t add up right to me for some reason. When I get an item this far out of my preferred price range, my feeling is usually that I won’t even consider it unless I am considering the whole box, and the 25% discount. I was on a little high when I pulled this out of the box, though, because I know it also comes in navy and light gray, but this was the one I wanted, so it had that going for it. It’s wildly versatile for work or play and gives a polished finish to almost any outfit. Ultimately, this was not a difficult decision. Verdict: KEEP!
There you have it friends, my 14th Fix, and my 3rd Grand Slam! I am keeping five out of five without hesitation (Merry Christmas to me). I feel like Lauren snuck into my closet while I was out and saw what was missing and what I needed to pull a whole slew of new looks together for both work and casual wear. Now, I’ve been saying for awhile now that if I get another grand slam Fix I will reduce the frequency of my subscription, but…now that it’s down to it, I think maybe I need to wait and see what happens next time. In truth, my closet is in solid shape, I am not hurting for anything, and I could go to monthly Fixes right now and still feel really confident in my wardrobe. I just don’t wanna. I love getting these!! Maybe I will change my criteria to getting TWO Grand Slams in a row before I reduce…we’ll see!
Update! I checked out a few minutes ago and whenever you do that, it automatically schedules your next Fix. Since I went to every 2 – 3 weeks, my next Fix has consistently been scheduled for exactly 3 weeks from the last one. This time it scheduled it for TWO weeks, right on New Year’s Eve! So I did, in fact, change the frequency of Fixes back to monthly, without hesitation. But, uh, I did keep that NYE date as well. Because hello, New Year’s Fix! Happy holidays, everyone!